One of the most memorable seasons in UW-Platteville's 45-season soccer history came to an end Sunday, as host Carleton edged the Pioneers 1-0 in an NCAA III second-round game.
The Knights converted a turnover into a goal in the 79th minute, with Wes Elfman scoring off an assist from Ryan Cammarota.
Carleton takes a 17-1-4 record into the NCAA III Sweet 16, while the Pioneers end the year 14-5-1. Two of the losses came to Carleton by 1-0 counts.
"The guys are naturally a little disappointed now, but I'm not disappointed in our efforts," Pioneer Coach Enzo Fuschino said. "They gave it everything they had. Once you get into the playoffs, you want to keep going, but only one team can go on."
The Pioneers beat Wartburg 1-0 in their first-ever NCAA III playoff game to earn the trip to Northfield, Minn.
"We didn't play as well as we did Thursday, but the field was in poor shape," Fuschino said. "Our game is built on speed, and every time the guys tried to control the ball, they seemed to slip. Give them credit, they had good possessions and scored late in the game."
Fuschino emphasized the pitch was not an excuse. Carleton hosted the Minnesota conference tournament the prior weekend, and the women played an NCAA III playoff game in the rain on Thursday.
"They did all they could to get it patched up, but 10 minutes into it, it was a mess," Fuschino said. "We just couldn't get going."
The game was nearly even in all statistics, with Carleton holding an 11-10 edge in shots. Kris Bosshart made five saves in the nets for UWP.
"It was a great season, a great journey," Fuschino said. "I think we represented the school and Wisconsin well. We definitely showed we belong in the tournament by these two games."
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